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Thanks to observant reader Mitchell, he passed on a link that illustrates what really pisses me off – I, the average self-absorbed reader.  Thanks also to THR for publishing the interview in the first place.

Just in case THR somehow gets bullied into pulling the interview, there is one part, one tiny part that will PISS you off.  Remember, the guy has just expanded Netflix to Canada from the USA.

THR: Are you concerned that American Netflix subscribers will look north and ask for the same discount Canadians get at $7.99?

Hastings: How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world? It’s something we’ll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed.

So, two things to note:

  1. I have already cancelled Netflix
  2. Netflix can wither, die, kiss my ass

I may be a self-absorbed American but I’ll be damned if I’m going to give my money to some pus-wad that treats me, the customer, with contempt.

I’m kind of tired of having the US bashed and I’m tired of the people within that think it’s ok to do it, too.  In fact, I’d be willing to be that there’s an awful lot of people who won’t take kindly to this because they’re fed up with the liberal “My country is a bunch of awful self-centered people except for me and my friends and we need to pass laws to force them to do like me and my friends do” kind of attitude.

I wonder if this Reed Hastings isn’t going to look back and say “In retrospect I probably shouldn’t have said that.”

Sure hope so.

Netflix was kind of cool, convenient, easier than renting a video.  But you know what?  It wasn’t in the least bit vital to my life and I can drop it in a heartbeat.

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The definition of Irony is to arrive at the same ultimate end but by a manner you could never have foreseen.

You got a headache and you’re going to the drugstore for some ibuprofen.  On the way, your car gets run over,  killing you… by an ibuprofen supplier truck.  THAT is irony.

My goal was to have the flames be in the shapes of little demons – Gore, Briffa, Mann – all running around trying to put it out but only lighting more fires.

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Update on the Mexican Invasion of our United States….

On Thursday, about 200 Mexican-American students walked out of class in protest of the flag clothing incident. Members of the group waved the Mexican flag and said they were marching for respect and unity. They also demanded the school suspend the boys who wore the U.S. flag-adorned clothing.

I say:

1)  You are either Mexican or you are American

2)  Get your damned flag out of my country

3)  If you want my respect, have some respect for my nation and my flag – and see #2, above

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Inscrutable Half-Breed passed on this link – a Cracked.com article about how The Karate Kid has irrevocably ****ed up our lives.   There’s truth to it.  Because of these blindingly unrealistic portrayals of adversity, we’re freaked out when we find that success is hard.  Here’s part of his wisdom exactly as it dribbled out in congealing HTML on his site.

I really think Effort Shock has been one of the major drivers of world events. Think about the whole economic collapse and the bad credit bubble. You can imagine millions of working types saying, “All right, I have NO free time. I work every day, all day. I come home and take care of the kids. We live in a tiny house, with two shitty cars. And we are still deeper in debt every single month.” So they borrow and buy on credit because they have this unspoken assumption that, dammit, the universe will surely right itself at some point and the amount of money we should have been making all along (according to our level of effort) will come raining down.

All of it comes back to having those massively skewed expectations of the world. Even the people you think of as pessimists, they got their pessimism by continually seeing the world fail to live up to their expectations, which only happened because their expectations were grossly inaccurate in the first place.  – Dr. David Wong

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Eco-tards continue to impress me with their skills at accomplishing absolutely nothing.

French University builds 11,000 MPG car.

Of course you shouldn’t expect to see anything like Team Polyjule’s car in showrooms anytime soon. The tight-fitting car is worn like clothing more than sat in, and has virtually no practical applications, as is. The idea behind the competition, which was first held in 1939, is drive innovation in new automotive technologies, and get people excited about fuel efficiency.

Oh yeah.  Rah.  Rah.  Rah.

That “as-is” qualifier sounds a lot like a teenager who realizes what he’s saying is a horribly stupid idea and is stealthily trying to build in exit strategies if someone calls him out on how utterly moronic his suggestion is.

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Mickey Rourke – always has been a favorite of mine.

He told Parade.com: “It was important for me to put that aside and go, ‘You know what? This is a business. If you kiss the right a*s and you get lucky on a movie or two, you could last 10 years.’ So, now, I just keep my mouth shut and pet my chihuahuas.”

Is “pet my chihuahuas” a euphemism?

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